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Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant

Sophisticated Modern Australian restaurant with a seasonal menu and a vast wine list.

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Punch Lane Wine Bar & Restaurant - Wine bar in Melbourne, Australia


$$ Chic spot for Modern Australian dishes

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Address

43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Website

http://punchlane.com.au

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4.50 (441 reviews)

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Reviews

  • 5Kajetan K. 1 year ago
    Always a fantastic wine range and service here

  • 5Hannah J. 1 year ago
    Cute wine bar, with great wines and well informed staff. The atmosphere is perfect for conversations with friends over dinner and drinks.

  • 5Jennifer M. 11 months ago
    Wow! All I can say is this was a 5 star! Food was extraordinary. Our group was on a city tour of Melbourne and we ended it with this hidden gem of a restaurant...Understated, kind of cool edgy atmosphere. I ordered the Golden Cauliflower purée, pickled red onion toasted almonds with a hint if coffee flavor.. my main a terrific Twice Baked gruyere soufflé! Service friendly!!

  • 5Brigette Y. 1 year ago
    Great food, accomodating and friendly staff!

  • 5Matthew B. 1 year ago
    Excellent place for a date night. Had the tasting menu and it was a great experience. Didn't do the wine pairing but from I had by the glass it would be very tasteful. Glowing recommendation!

  • 5Karen G. 1 year ago
    All I can say is WOW!! Fantastic food... amazing wine... awesome staff

  • 5Grahame A. 1 year ago
    fantastic food and great service

  • 5William L. 1 year ago
    Great atmosphere, fine hosts, delicuous

  • 5Moadr F. 1 year ago
    Great experience 10/10

  • 5Margot J. 1 year ago
    amazing atmosphere

  • 5Margie J. 1 year ago
    A great little spot for a drink with a small group of friends with a casual vibe. Fantastic drinks list and share plates of food also available.

  • 5Simon E. 1 year ago
    Great, simply great.

  • 5Agim H. 1 year ago
    Great wine list.

  • 5Jacob B. 1 year ago
    Booked for dinner between theatre shows with my mother as it was very close to the Princess Theatre. Service, professionalism and friendliness was great from the minute we arrived. The menu was great but made it difficult to choose so we opted for the Tasting Menu. Great decision and the wines were perfectly matched. Special mention to our Maître-D Denis, Waiter James and Sommelier Quentin for making our experience truly memorable and enjoyable. I’ll definitely be returning and thoroughly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great dining experience.

  • 5Liza G. 1 year ago
    Top notch Melbourne institution. How on earth do they do it all inside that tiny kitchen! Try to get a seat towards the back so you can watch the action unfold.

  • 5Gemma T. 1 year ago
    Great service, 5-star French cockatils. Dennis, THE OWNER, directed us to another bar on our pub crawl. Great people.

  • 5Tim R. 1 year ago
    Continues to be one of the CBDs best wine bars. Cosy atmosphere, friendly and professional service, and great wine list.

  • 5Adam K. 1 year ago
    Great food and cheese. Wine is always on point. Often just come for cheese and wine after a dinner somewhere else. Great service. A must try.

  • 5Rodney T. 1 year ago
    Great people, great menu, great wine list

  • 5Peter W. 2 years ago
    I've been coming here every time I visit Melbourne for over a decade now. Great wine selection of course, good range of food for both red and white wine pairings, plus a nice buzz and friendly, knowledgeable staff. What more could you want?

  • 5Georgia W. 1 year ago
    Absolutely excellent. The food is amazing with really great flavours. I loved the pumpkin tart. Wine was fantastic- asked for a recommendation and got some great wine choices that matched perfectly with my meal. The service was excellent, with my reservation able to be pushed back after we were running late and just great service staff in general. Expensive but worth every dollar The service was excellent, with my reservation able to be pushed back after we were running late and just great service staff in general. Expensive but worth every dollar The pumpkin tart. Wine was fantastic- asked for a recommendation and got some great wine choices that matched perfectly with my meal.

  • 5Krishnah C. 1 year ago
    Located in one of Melbourne's interesting laneways, this restaurant is a must visit. The customer service was spot on and the ambience of the restaurant is just right. The fact that the food was superb was almost an added bonus. We loved our Punch Lane experience and highly recommend it to others. We eat at Punch Lane each time we come to Melbourne and it never disappoints. It has been consistently good over the years and we love the ambiance. The staff are excellent and always willing to please. Our meal was delicious. Thanks again.

  • 5Jarrah M. 2 years ago
    The wine list is long enough to make choosing difficult. Thankfully the proprietor is full of great suggestions, and asking simply for cheese with a red will work out well.

  • 5Split the B. 1 year ago
    Another favourite wine bar where you can sit back and enjoy a drink ( or many more). Very relaxing atmosphere. I have yet to try the food in the restaurant but certainly on my list!

  • 5Antony F. 1 year ago
    Loved it. Praise to the staff. ? Definitely a return date night a must

  • 5Jasmine H. 1 year ago
    The service was excellent, with my reservation able to be pushed back after we were running late and just great service staff in general. Expensive but worth every dollar The pumpkin tart. Wine was fantastic- asked for a recommendation and got some great wine choices that matched perfectly with my meal.

  • 5Kristina W. 1 year ago
    Located in one of Melbourne's interesting laneways, this restaurant is a must visit. The customer service was spot on and the ambience of the restaurant is just right. The fact that the food was superb was almost an added bonus. We loved our Punch Lane experience and highly recommend it to others. Came to Melbourne for Harry Potter and this place is just around the corner. Amazing service, drinks and food. Love this place, we have been twice already and coming back for more after the show. Alan was outstanding- thanks for showing us such a wonderful time! Some great little tables on the street too.

  • 5Dominic C. 10 months ago
    Some friends and I came in for dinner and drinks and we were not disappointed. Our waiter, Patch, was attentive and charismatic. The cocktails and wine choices were excellent and the service was great all round. All 3 courses on the set menu were delicious, especially the desserts. We can't wait to return for another night at Punch Lane.

  • 5Emily T. 10 months ago
    Great atmosphere and great food!

  • 5David L. 1 year ago
    Amazing food, as always, and when a somelier can personally come by your table for a chat, and suss out the most perfect bottle of wine to match the occasion (anniversary), you can't go past that. Will be back when possible.

  • 5David A. 1 year ago
    They're still functioning during the current crisis and shutdown and are doing delivery of groceries and some delicious deli items. They've got freshly baked bread, loaves and some home made Portuguese Tarts. Let's support this Melbourne institution throughout this difficult time. Saying that as I tuck into a delicious freshly made baguette! :-)

  • 5darnell m. 1 year ago
    Punch Lane seems to be full constantly so when our group size upped to 7, we were thrilled that the reservation was changed without issue. The welcome upon arrival was excellent and our Kiwi waitress, new to the job (unfortunately I cannot recall her name), looked after us extremely well all evening. She was extremely knowledgeable on the menu, able to identify minute elements of our dishes when we asked throughout the meal and provide recommendations on dishes, all of which I would now highly recommend. The menu reads like a dream and we had trouble choosing. All three courses were excellent and the presentation of the dishes especially was fantastic.

  • 5D. 1 year ago
    We came here on a Tuesday night for an anniversary dinner. Traffic was unfortunate as to be expected although we tried to allow enough time for that, we still ran into more delay than expected. Punch Lane were more than accommodating and moved our booking without hesitation. One would assume this may differ if it weren't for a weeknight booking though. We dined with the five course tasting menu and as recommended by the waiter we kept it as a surprise and found out together what would be served to us throughout the night. Each dish was incredible! Honestly could not fault one dish. Could not recommend the tasting menu more! Portion sizes were perfect, my partner is a big eater but he left satisfied. We were served a variety of freshly cut bread, to die for! The five course tasting menu can be paired with wine but neither my partner or I were able to drink for the evening. Seated closely to us were afew tables ordering a varieties of wines and they were beyond impressed so I have no doubt Punch Lane would pair their meals perfectly with wines. Over all a fantastic evening. Service was fabulous and we both enjoyed our night, well done!

  • 4Ferry G. 1 year ago
    Classic menu in a posh dark wood paneled room. We tried the Barramundi and Pork Neck. Really satisfying. Familiar flavor yet tasty. The veal shin risotto was really nice as an appetizer.

  • 4lencia m. 1 year ago
    My daughter and son in law gave me diy package for mother's day, a very cheerful and helpful man delivered and without any doubt the gnocchi particularly was the best ever...great chicken soup and beautiful egg tarts as well. Was so good .thanks punch lane and faith and matt McKay Major

  • 4Boaz C. 1 year ago
    The food was nice except for the sweet potato that was partially undercooked.

  • 4Мäŕý . 1 year ago
    Fantastic wine and food, little bit too loud though.

  • 4Maxim de B. 1 year ago
    Good ambiance, good wine, though the Gamay did not taste anything like you would expect a Gamay to... Astringent to the point where we wondered how long the bottle had been open. In any case they certainly have some different or fairly uncommon wines there in a good ambiance and professional wait staff.

  • 3Chad M. 1 year ago
    I would like to break down my rating. 5 star to the French male and female wait staff terrible that they have to let customers know that half the menu was unavailable. Really polite, kind and friendly. 4 out 5 for the atmosphere and environment was very nice. 2 out of 5 for the food. Nearly half the menu was unavailable, I really wanted the pork neck but unavailable. So I had the steak, it has so fat and grisly. Very disappointed. I would give it a go again, when they have a full menu...

  • 2Laura J. 1 year ago
    Nice food, but maybe manage expectations on the menu - if you're advertising 'spouts' have more than three measly leaves (no actual sprouts) that would usually be thrown away, or 'confit garlic' maybe have something resembling garlic rather than some lackluster and underseasoned potatoes (with no garlic). The chicken was lovely, and the fish nice but slightly overcooked, but we'd ordered things on the menu because of their (non-existent) accompaniments, and would have chosen otherwise if we'd known.

  • 2Alana C. 1 year ago
    Gave 2 stars for the wonderful setting but lost the rest on the appalling service. Called in after the theatre for some drinks, was served after 10-15 mins then saw nobody after that. We gave up after 45 mins and left not before I told them we would have been happy to stay if we could have got some service. Very odd.

  • 2Karlie T. 1 year ago
    Sadly we were all left really disappointed with Punch Lune experience. Service was terrible we felt like we were an inconvenience to the staff and did not feel welcomed at all. It’s a shame as the food and wine on offer is lovely.



Last updated: 2020-08-25